Something another friend of mine, Dale Bellido, also recently said, was "There are so many power cards, it's hard to clearly state what is a misplay and what isn't. You used to clearly be able to point out "That's a misplay!" but that isn't always the case any longer". It is true and I can somewhat agree with this, there are many cards that exist which eliminate the skill gab between players which is probably why many people are ignorant about making correct plays. Although still, in my opinion, there is usually an optimal play to make. Making the correct play, to me, usually means "Putting yourself in the best position for the current game state, or future game state", or even both.
Some of you may be confused by this, so let me try and explain. Most times, in Yu-Gi-Oh, you will be playing the for the "Current State" or playing your cards depending on what you and your opponent currently have, while other plays for a "Future State" of play, will be decided by what you or your opponent can/will have in the following turns.
For most players, it is difficult for them to get into the swing of playing for the future, and that's where many of their losses concerning this topic tend to lie. You can be in very bad shape in a game, but still make a play in which if you possibly draw a certain card, this card can allow you to push your way back into the game. It's always extremely important to realize your outs, and your opponents outs so you can attempt to either efficiently stop as many outs as possible for your opponent, or create MORE outs for yourself.
Concluding my little rant, many people just need to educate themselves (which is why most of you come to ARG! So kudos on being one of the few who want to better their game!) so they can actually comprehend what actual skill is left in this game, and respect the fact that you will be rewarded for making the plays which will benefit you more then others. But keep in mind, even though you make those correct plays, there is always the luck factor as with every game. You can lose, but that's okay! Losing, but making sure you made the perfect plays is what really matters when you get right down to it. So until next time ladies and gents, play hard, or go home.